Butterfly therapy: Their Color and Grace Refresh and Relax

It is hard to think of butterflies as insects. Wathing butterflies relieves stress and generates positive emotions which is good for your health in general. And having a butterfly landing on you is considered a blessing. I wonder if butterflies are used by doctors as stress relievers or to treat other nervous conditions, I think they could be pretty successful healers.

These gloriously colored, large-winged, delicate creatures are the picture of grace and gentility. Their slow, deep-flapping movement bespeaks a laid-back approach to life. Watching butterflies is therapy akin to watching colorful tropical fish in an aquarium.

So it is hard to think of them in the same breath with mosquitoes and wasps and ants, Asian ladybeetles and cockroaches. The difference is they are just plain pretty to look at, and they are not pests.

There are up to 20,000 species of butterflies worldwide, some 700 species in North America. Ohio is home to more than 75 species, including the famous long-distance migrant, the monarch, and the endangered Karner blue, a species being restored to the rare oak savanna habitat west of Toledo. 

Butterflies are not just another pretty face.

“They are very important, next to honeybees, in fertilizing plants,” noted Doris Stifel, a Toledo authority on the monarch butterfly. As adult butterflies flap from wildflower to wildflower to feed by sipping nectar, they inadvertently are spreading pollen from plant to plant as well.

Which types of butterflies are best for you as a therapy it's up to you to decide.

Butterflies also are important in nature's food-chain. Birds, mice, and mammals feed on their eggs and larvae.